Past Entertainment Articles.
Article for the week of 7/18/06
Talking Immortal Monkey in Plagiarism
By, Grey Entertainment (continued from TIM
No sooner has his album hit the streets than Talking Immortal Monkey
finds himself accused of plagiarism and locked in a lawsuit over false
advertising and obtaining permission to replicate music under false pretences.
At the heart of this story is, oddly enough, Talking Immortal Monkey’s
least popular song on the album “Talking Immortal Monkey Experimentation”
(TIME), the cover of “You’re Beautiful” originally by James Blunt.
While initial criticism was that no monkey could possibly hit those notes
without being neutered, something Talking Immortal Monkey has taken great
pains to disprove with whirlwind romances with Lindsay Lohan, the recently
dumped Cameron Diaz and Cher, it turns out that there was more than just
eye watering pitch at play here.
Talking Immortal Monkey is well known for his Midwestern and Southern
accents, dropping from one to the other within a single conversation,
usually deliberately. He claims that this is because of the moving he
did as a child and has adequately imitated a number of other accents picked
up during his travels.
According to information packaged with the CD Talking Immortal Monkey
claims to have perfectly imitated Blunt’s accent to capture the essence
of the song, even though everything has been set to a samba beat.
Investigations have revealed that the song may have been recorded, partially
or fully, with Lulu, ward monkey of Sir Paul McCartney.
Evidence cited to date includes minute vocal changes that could not be
produced by one singer.
Talking Immortal Monkey has tried to claim he is just that talented, however
no one can buy it.
Armed with this sort of evidence the rest of the CD was quickly scoured.
While nothing definitive has been found yet the covers of “We are the
Champions”, “Mr Jones” and “Conga” have yielded discrepancies that could
be indicative of someone else singing.
Experts claim that Talking Immortal Monkey’s singing range cannot be as
vast as to cover every song on the CD, no matter how talented he claims
to be, or the influence of Michael Jackson.
Adding to the problem is a claim by the Goo Goo Dolls that they never
gave permission for Talking Immortal Monkey to do a hardcore gangsta rap
version of “Iris”.
Neither they, their manager or legal team have a copy of the paperwork,
and a cursory look at what was provided by Talking Immortal Monkey does
possess authentic signatures, yet has his name scrawled in over some exBoybander.
The primate himself was unavailable to answer questions, remaining sequestered
in his relocated mountain top retreat on the shores of Lake Michigan.
For the moment things do not look good, while individual elements of evidence
are small they are adding up. The one bright spark is that sales increased
briefly as technophiles, critics and the mean spirited bought copies of
the CD specifically to rip it apart in search of further fraudulent revelations
to gain them a few moments of fame.
Most of the rest of us simply wait for the other shoe to drop, most likely
in the form of revelations that a body double was used for all Talking
Immortal Monkey music videos, all of which include at least three now
infamous “ab shots” to showcase the six pack which is normally covered.